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Council completes eco-friendly car park extension in Chard

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Boden Street car park in Chard has received an ‘eco-friendly’ face lift with a new type of surfacing and low energy lighting bringing many benefits.

Rather than using the traditional tarmac, South Somerset District Council has used a stabilised aggregate to cover the surface of the car park extension. This greatly reduces the energy required in the construction process.

Using a stabilised aggregate allows water to soak through to underlying soils which in turn will reduce pressure on the town centre surface water drainage, reducing the risk of flooding. The materials used also allows us to retain the existing trees because they can continue to access water and root growth can be accommodated without breaking tarmac.

The aggregate used was sourced locally from Chard quarry and is therefore a local product, keeping travelling and movement of materials to a minimum.

The existing lighting has also been replaced with new low energy LED fittings. These will contribute to a significant reduction in the use of electricity and the overall carbon footprint of the project.

Boden Street car park

Councillor Jason Baker, portfolio holder for Chard Regeneration, said: “This is the first council-owned car park in the district to use such a material and I’m pleased that we are using it here in Chard for the Regeneration Programme.

“Throughout the build of the leisure centre, we have always tried to protect the environment where we can and it’s really good news that we can retain trees, help reduce the risk of flooding and use materials that are locally sourced.”

Boden Street car park

Boden Street car park adjoins the Chard Leisure Centre site which will be completed in late 2021 and will provide vital parking for users of the centre. The leisure centre will include a five-lane adult swimming pool, a beginners pool, cafe facility with a children's soft play centre and a gym with additional studios.

Artists impression of Leisure Centre beginners pool

Find out more about Chard Regeneration on our microsite at; a programme which aims to help boost the economy of the town centre in Chard and bring a much more enjoyable experience to users of the town centre.

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